The City of Newburgh has a rich architectural history that provides both opportunities and challenges for our work. The housing stock where we do the majority of our work dates between the late 19th and the early 20th century. Much of this housing has been exposed to decades of abandonment and neglect, yet remains structurally sound. Within this historic district, when we encounter such a house, we rarely are given permission to tear it down.
These types of projects require us to undertake a gut rehab which essentially means that we construct a new house within the exterior shell of the existing one. All the compromised components, outdated mechanicals and hazardous materials are removed. The interior structure is built to meet current day codes. This process usually entails lead and asbestos abatement that averages around $60,000 per house, structural masonry work that can cost upwards of $25,000, and creating a unique floor plan to fit the existing footprint.
Our volunteers take special pride in being able to restore a banister back to its original luster, creating corbels to match the original ones, and patiently painting the exterior detail of the house.
Our work has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Click Here to Read More